Even though I'm an INFP, I love to do a variety of things on vacation. Whether it be leaning more towards Sensing (Having fun, letting loose, enjoying the sights, sounds, food and being involved in crazy activities) or Intuiting (appreciating the beauty of a skyscraper among the night sky, staring at a sunset thinking about life, writing a poem) - no vacation is ever considered dull for me.
Heck, sometimes I even like to plan out things, despite my Perceiving self. But of course, if I discover some random, exotic place that's off the trip plan - I'll be more than happy to explore it.
My wife's an INFP, son is an ISTP, and I'm an ENTP. What works best for our family vacation?
Well, a lot of spontaneity for starters.
Originally Posted by MorningCalm
Personally, I like camping, but I hate doing it an designated sites for a predetermined period of time.
My ideal camping trip is one where I can have one other person along, carry a backpack each and walk for days or weeks on end just to see where we end up and what we find.
If I had to be holed up at a family resort or beach, I'd be awfully tempted to shoot myself (Disneyland is the ultimate nightmare for me). I also couldn't be on my ideal vacation, but with a complete moron with no appreciation for the experience.
For the most part, I agree with your little chart.
Yes, I suppose that's true. We do enjoy camping together. That's about the only thing we've found so far that really works for the three of us. My INFP wife and I enjoy cultural festivals but that doesn't work for my ISTP son. My wife and my son might enjoy the beach but not so much me. My son and I enjoy amusement parks but my wife can't stand them. Too noisy and scary for her.
Originally Posted by MBTI Enthusiast
Just got back from a weekend of camping, it was basically a non-stop weekend of cooking and hiking and swimming and being outdoors. There's that happy medium of "plannedness" where everything that happened was reasonable and efficient, but wasn't rushed, and there was time to explore and adventure and relax with friends and sit around and soak things in.
I've typed myself as an INTJ, but I might be more of a SP type. :)
I'm a mixture of these things. My ideal vacation is S and E things with about even J and P, contrary to being INXP/INTX.
If I'm not by myself in nature, I would love to be around people much more than I get to. I just find social interaction to be difficult and so don't have a lot of people to do things with. But of the times I've had the most fun in my life, most of them have been with other people.
If I'm going on vacation or a trip I want to have a tentative plan and be able to fit in as many experiences as possible. I won't necessarily do all the things on my list, but I like to know I have the option. I would plan for at least 2 fun options at any given moment, and then just choose the things I felt like doing when the time came.
I don't really get out and experience the world enough, so I'm always pushing myself to. Vacations are a good time to do that. I like seeing things, tasting things, going to museums, and physical activities like walking around a foreign city or hiking. My favorite thing is hiking and camping. I'm pretty sure I'm am N, but I always like to be physically active (when I'm not on the internet).
I like to experience culture and learn new things, but I want to experience the "real" culture, not go on a tour. I like the idea of going to coffee shops with a friend and dancing at night clubs. I also really like going to the beach.
I hate road trips because I hate being in vehicles for long periods of time. For me it's more about the destination than the journey because I don't want to wander around in uncultured places hoping something fun will happen. I want to do something I know I'll like.
Hmm, well, I can say that:
Resorts = hell for me...same with cruises. I've never been one for extravagant surroundings or scheduled things. Plus it's all so...campy and pristine! I like a little roughness on my vacations.
I usually have a plan, but it's more like a "waypoint" plan on a map. I don't plan the actual activities or even (depending on who I'm with) where we'll sleep beyond the first night (can always sleep in the car, and to my surprise, I find myself okay with that on vacation). I just try to make sure we get to X location on Y day so we have Z number of hours to do whatever we want in that location. Usually, I do a little research as far as things we can do, and then I decide what I feel like doing once I get there.
However, if I'm travelling to a busy area (like a busy city) or an event or something where availability is limited, I will usually reserve that item ahead of time. Simply because it's hard to do a specific thing at the last minute, especially if it's in peak season (which is why I love to visit locations in the off-season. Not only do you get to skip the annoying tourists, but you usually meet travelers from other countries.) But if something happens and we don't make it to that event, I don't get too upset. It's no big deal...unless we put down money that we don't get back. Then it sucks.
I've never liked road trips, simply because I get really bored sitting in a car. However, the idea of a road trip (the adventure part) sounds fun, but I know the reality is not fun. But camping is awesome. Anything that involves being outside or learning about nature will always get a thumbs up from me. Same with randomly wandering around cities and looking at things.
This seems right to me. I class as an INTJ, and my idea of a vacation has been to stay inside, and relax with a good book, or work on an idea. Long before I found out about MBTI, whenever my family went to amusement parks, or water parks, etc, I solicited to stay home and play a game, or read. If I had to go, I was satisfied with playing the games (got to get good at them) or ride the lazy-river all day and relax and think. I would go on the occasional ride, but I've always been the kind who, if I get the chance, would rather stay home. I've always weighed the stress and the issues with actually traveling on vacation as a cost, and it usually sways to the decision of staying home.
Staying home requires no effort, it is structured, and I have everything here.
Going on vacation means a lot of planning, a lot of stress, a lot of possible negatives that can occur.
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